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Care Information Choices - March 2017

Publication date: 09:30 March 14, 2017

Summary

This management information publication reports on patient opt-out information that has been received from GP practices, as of March 2017.

There are two types of opt-out. A type 1 opt-out prevents information being shared outside a GP practice for purposes other than direct care.

A type 2 opt-out prevents information being shared outside of NHS Digital for purposes beyond the individual's direct care. A more detailed description of opt-outs is available (see related links).

Type 1 and type 2 opts-outs are presented at GP practice level. Type 1 opt-outs are reported as instances (i.e. number of times the opt-out code occurs within GP records, which may include the same patient recorded at more than one practice) and there is no way to de-duplicate this information. 

Levels of type 1 opt-outs are therefore likely to be higher than levels of type 2 opt-outs, which are de-duplicated.


Key Facts

As of March 2017:

2.3 per cent of patients in England (around 1 in 44) have opted out of information that identifies them being shared outside of NHS Digital for purposes beyond direct care (a type 2 opt-out).

There are 1,666,387 instances of type 1 opt-out codes occurring within GP records, preventing these records from being shared outside the practice for purposes other than direct care.


Coverage

Date Range: 03 March 2017 to 03 March 2017
Geographical coverage: England

Have a question? Call us on 0300 303 5678 or contact enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk.

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